According to CNN, special counsel Robert Mueller‘s office disputes the BuzzFeed News story as “not accurate” after they reported the Trump had directed his Michael Cohen to lie to Congress.
In a highly unusual statement, Peter Carr, a spokesman for Mueller’s office, said in a statement.
“BuzzFeed’s description of specific statements to the Special Counsel’s Office, and characterization of documents and testimony obtained by this office, regarding Michael Cohen’s Congressional testimony are not accurate.“
In response, BuzzFeed said in its own statement,
“We are continuing to report and determine what the special counsel is disputing. We remain confident in the accuracy of our report.“
Ben Smith, Buzzfeed’s editor-in-chief said,
“We stand by our reporting and the sources who informed it, and we urge the Special Counsel to make clear what he’s disputing.“
The White House and the President’s personal lawyers pushed back on the story throughout the day Friday. Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani praised Mueller for issuing the disputing statement.
“I commend Bob Mueller’s office for correcting the BuzzFeed false story that Pres. Trump encouraged Cohen to lie. I ask the press to take heed that their hysterical desire to destroy this President has gone too far. They pursued this without critical analysis all day. #FAKENEWS”
Donald Trump Jr. tweeted his reaction to Mueller’s office’s statement with a slew of cartoon smiling faces that were crying with laughter.
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) January 19, 2019
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